‘America’s Got Talent’ Fans Want to “Revolt” After Courtney Hadwin Didn’t Win the Finale

Did Courtney Hadwin win AGT

America’s Got Talent finalist Courtney Hadwin, 14, isn’t worried about not winning the final. She made headlines with her storming audition of Otis Redding’s Hard To Handle, and managed to get a golden buzzer from Simon Cowell, who called her a ‘lion’. It was magician Shin Lim walked away the champ at the end of the America’s Got Talent final on Wednesday, with Courtney coming 6th, but she isn’t upset about losing out. ‘I’m just happy and proud for what I’ve done, and for coming in the Top 10 of America’s Got Talent’, she told The Guardian.


Courtney belted her way through some complex classics during her time on the show, including Tina Turner and Janis Joplin, and explained that she is more drawn to their style of music because ‘I feel it more’. Speaking about her plans for the future, she said: ‘I’m kinda just taking it as it goes, and one step at a time.’

Despite not winning the show, she still has a big future ahead of her and could stand to make a six-figure salary from live performances and appearances according to an expert.

PR expert Hayley Smith of Boxed Out PR told Metro.co.uk: ‘In some ways, it’s sometimes better to not win these competitions as your options become less limited and you are presented with more opportunities.


Being able to choose when and where she works will increase her earning potential and I don’t think she’ll have any issues with record labels wanting to sign her.’ Courtney’s audition has now been viewed over 50 million times on YouTube. She will be heading to Las Vegas as part of the AGT prize to join magician Lim for four of his headlining shows.

Has ‘America’s Got Talent’ Standout Courtney Hadwin Already Signed a Record Deal?

Is Simon Cowell looking to sign “America’s Got Talent” finalist Courtney Hadwin to a record deal?

Several news outlets, including the U.K.’s Daily Mail, are reporting that Cowell — formerly of “American Idol” and a current judge on “AGT” as well as “X Factor U.K.” — is keen to add the 14-year old rocker to his artist roster at Syco Entertainment, which includes “AGT” season 11 winner Grace Vanderwall.

While a representative for Cowell would not comment on whether a signing is in the works, the spokesperson did confirm that the teen vocalist, who finished sixth in the competition and was eliminated on Sept. 19, met with Cowell the day after the Sept. 20 finale at his house. This news comes on the heels of the announcement that Hadwin will join the season 13 “AGT” winner, magician Shin Lin, in Las Vegas.

Hadwin wowed audiences week after week beginning with the moment Howie Mandel gifted her with a Golden Buzzer just after her full-throated audition of “Hard to Handle.” Mandel immediately compared her to the late Janis Joplin.

Cowell was enthralled, exclaiming “Bloody, Hell!” shortly after Hadwin dropped to her knees. “You are like a lion.”

Hadwin, who made the finals on the ITV program “The Voice Kids,” lived up to the Joplin comparison with performances of Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild,” Tina Turner’s “River Deep Mountain High,” and the high watermark of sharing the stage with The Struts for their hit, “Could Have Been Me” followed by a chaser of Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.”

Cowell clearly sees a future for the young Brit, calling her a “trendsetter.”

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'America's Got Talent' Fans Want to "Revolt" After Courtney Hadwin Didn't Win the Finale

In perhaps one of the most shocking results ever on the show, America's Got Talent contestant Courtney Hadwin did NOT make the top five finalists.

As host Tyra Banks narrowed down the competition from 10 to five, the 14-year-old English singer, who has been wildly successful on the show since her first audition, was asked to stand side-by-side by Michael Ketterer. Zurcaroh, Shin Lim, Samuel J. Comroe, and Brian King Joseph had already made it, and there was one remaining spot. Sadly for Courtney fans, it was revealed that she didn't land in the top five  instead, Michael got the spot.

Heidi Klum went on to say that choosing between Michael and Courtney was a "nail-biter" decision. But for Courtney fans, they feel their favorite was clearly robbed. Some viewers got pretty intense about their feelings — one even declared they were going to revolt (whatever that means).




Moments later, AGT audiences learned that Michael Ketterer came in fifth place, Samuel J. Comroe in fourth, Brian King Joseph in third, and Zurcaroh in second — making the winner of the show this year Shin Lim.

Fans of Courtney need not despair, though. Howie Mandel previously told GoodHousekeeping.com that he's convinced this is only the beginning for Courtney.

"I think that the world now knows Courtney Hadwin like they never did before," Howie revealed to us, while also adding that "she's in a league of her own." 

With a compliment like that, there's no doubt she'll be back on the performing scene again. Just you wait.

Viewer reactions :

Louise Humphrey-Plaster I am shocked that Courtney didn't win. She is so good. I'm thinking now that the show has to be rigged. Her AGT performances we're viewed by millions. She got all my votes.
Erin O'Brien I really don't understand the fuss over Courtney. She's shy and sweet but all she did was scream and it wasn't close to being like Joplin. I don't get it. Michael Ketterer deserved to be in the top 3.

Lauren Raupp SO glad she didn't make it to the top 5!!!!! I literally screamed so loud because I was so happy she finally left. I didnt want another girl like Grace VanderWaal to win.

Jennifer Deuel To everyone saying they don't like courtney.. she should have won!! She's young and has tons of potential to evolve being she's just a teen… the world needs a next generation Janis Joplin.

Susan Baker America apparently doesnt know how to vote. Courtney Hadwin should have won. This girl has talent beyond her years. I hope Simon Cowell takes her under his wing and steers her towards a record deal. So disappointed.

Becky S Forcier That's to bad I have been for Courtney Hadwin from the start. Guess people would rather hear pop than Rock N Roll. I really really hope someone top music producer grabs her and puts her under there wing. Keep on Singing and performing Courtney Hadwin you are an amazing young lady.

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